Let's talk about William Blake. Was he a saint? Just how unorthodox were his religious views? What was the greatest thing he wrote?
The greatest thing he wrote was the Book of Urizen.
He was not mad because he saw things no one else did, he was totally aware that it was an insane experience to have that did not make him doubt his visions.
He was a great poet and a fascinating thinker. I think of him on a "thinker" level as Wilde in religious rhapsody.
>What was the greatest thing he wrote?
Undoubtedly a genius, his engravings are incredible. They would be beautiful and extraordinary even in 1950, but coming from his 18th/19th century world they are baffling.
I'm not familiar with his poetry. Thomas Merton converted to Christianity as a result of reading it, and believed Blake to have a prophet-like status.
"A truth that's told with bad intent,
beats all the lies that you can invent."